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Susan Moran lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she is a freelance writer covering energy development, climate science, environmental health, business and other issues. She writes for The Economist, The New York Times and Nature, and her work has also appeared in Marie Claire, High Country News, Newsweek, The Daily Climate and other publications. Susan also co-hosts a weekly science show on KGNU community radio, called "How On Earth." Before untethering as a freelancer, Susan worked as a senior editor at Business 2.0 magazine, a reporter and editor at Reuters (Tokyo, New York, Silicon Valley), and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the 2009-10 academic year. Susan has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz.

3 responses to “Making the paid:unpaid ratio work”

  1. Page Lambert

    Susan, I saw your note about “self-promoting” on the Boulder Media Women list serve. I appreciate both your candor and the topic, and how you treat it here. It is, I believe, a huge issue for writers. Thanks for exploring, and sharing.

    All the best,
    Page Lambert
    Connecting People with Nature.
    Connecting Writers with Words.

  2. Gail Storey

    Susan, this is a vital issue for me, and I very much appreciate your bringing it to our attention on the Boulder Media Women list serve. As an author with a new book out, I’m constantly wrestling with what unpaid work is part of helping the book find its audience. It’s hard to measure, so I appreciate the criteria you offer to find balance.

  3. Susan Moran

    Thanks, Gail and Page! And thanks for Boulder Media Women for drawing a related — and much funnier — op/ed in the New York Times (“Slaves of the Internet, Unite!” by Tim Kreider) to my attention. I’m all for uniting with other freelancers to “just say no!” to “invitations” to work for free. But, as I mention in my blog post, some of this for-free work seems more justified than others. And we all need to tap into our intuition and make our own decisions about what’s right for us.

    Here’s Kreider’s piece:

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